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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2009

E 385N • Creative Writing Workshop in Fiction

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Course Description

This is a fiction workshop for graduate creative writing students, MA or MFA.

Note Regarding Admission to the Class:

Anybody interested in taking the class who wasn't admitted in fiction to a UT graduate creative writing program is asked to show me a fiction sample (and this includes those in the MFA program who have a "primary genre" other than fiction). The sample is required simply to determine if the student is ready to work with a group of other students who are at this level in fiction writing; please submit the sample (at least one complete short story) to me in my office, Parlin 24. before registering.


There will also be reading:

1) A Fine Excess, eds Gann and Herbert, an anthology built around the ideas in William Gass's essay "The Music of Prose" concerning richness of language in fiction; the book includes mostly contemporary American writing.

2) Magical Realist Fiction, eds Young and Holloman, an anthology of innovative fiction (the title is somewhat misleading and actually much of the work isn't what usually would be considered "magical realism"), with stories by Faulkner, Woolf, Borges, Barthelme, Cheever, Bishop, Bombal, and Garcia Marquez.

3) An issue of a good literary magazine to be named (like Agni, Tin House, or Antioch Review), for the class to examine together its contents; this should generate some discussion of literary magazines in general and how one goes about dealing with them (manuscript preparation, submission, etc.).


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